Whoop It Up and Regret No More!
Apr25

Whoop It Up and Regret No More!

  By Rob Dickens They have done it again. Not surprising really. The masters of the meld of cow punk power and anthemic twang return and delight us yet another time. For over twenty years and through ten studio albums, Dallas alt-country dynamo outfit Old 97’s have charmed and spurred us on. Their new album Graveyard Whistling (ATO Records) maintains the lofty standards that were set with the band’s iconic major label...

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Marty Stuart Goes West
Apr16

Marty Stuart Goes West

Marty Stuart and His Oh So Fabulous Superlatives  Delight and Surprise Traipsing The Western Ethos (Originally Published on AddictedToNoise.com.au)   By Rob Dickens   In composing this review of Way Out West by Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, I have to say up front that there are at least five things I love about this outfit: 1. Stuart’s smooth, rich voice 2. Kenny Vaughn’s artistry, one of the best...

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Introducing Beth // James
Apr10

Introducing Beth // James

A Short, Sweet Debut from Austin’s Beth // James By Rob Dickens   Austin indie-folk duo Beth // James will be issuing a debut EP release All In Life on April 28 2017. Band members are Jordan James Burchill and Mikaela Beth Kahn and the EP was recorded by Brian Douglas Phillips (David Ramirez, Rob Baird). The smooth opener and first single ‘Lion Eyes’ was written after a friend lost his identity from a new...

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Dead Soldiers – Dirge-ing and Dancing
Mar29

Dead Soldiers – Dirge-ing and Dancing

  From Memphis Tennessee Dead Soldiers Reveal The Great Emptiness   By Rob Dickens I would love to seem them strut their stuff live. Memphis Tennessee band Dead Soldiers are about to release their second album The Great Emptiness (released on American Grapefruit) this week – 31 March 2017. Since 2011 the band has been writing and performing, boasting a core group Michael Jasud (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Benjamin Aviotti...

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Valerie June – The Order of Time – Review
Mar19

Valerie June – The Order of Time – Review

  Eastern Mystical Soul Valerie June’s The Order of Time  Memphis-bred, Brooklyn-based songwriter Valerie June is one of a kind.  The Order of Time follows June’s 2013 breakout release Pushin’ Against a Stone that established her as one of the most interesting artists going around.  The old-time blues aesthetic and quirky, but riveting, stage presence are hard to ignore.  Her song stories are full of vivid and personal...

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Review of Rhiannon Giddens’ Freedom Highway
Feb18

Review of Rhiannon Giddens’ Freedom Highway

  New Album  Freedom Highway Out February 27 2017 By Rob Dickens Rhiannon Giddens, vocal linchpin for the authentic and engaging trio Carolina Chocolate Drops, set the bar high with her first solo release Tomorrow Is My Turn (2015).   Her follow-up Freedom Highway will be released on February 24 2017 (Nonesuch Records). Giddens is a Grammy Award winner (as a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, )was Grammy nominated for her...

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